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Charles Andrew Kirchner  

Charles Andrew Kirchner
“Andy”

September 10, 1936 – September 20, 2016

Charles Andrew Kirchner, age 80, of Newark, DE, passed away peacefully while surrounded by his family on Tuesday, September 20, 2016.

A native Delawarean, Andy was born in Wilmington on September 10, 1936, and was the son of the late Andrew Edward and Mabel (Lewis) Kirchner. A proud veteran of the Korean War, he served in the U.S. Air Force and then continued his military career with the Delaware Air National Guard. Andy worked as an aircraft maintenance superintendent for the next 37 years, retiring in 1992 after achieving the rank of Chief Master Sergeant.

Active in his community, he gave of his time and talents as a former manager of the 5 Points Babe Ruth Baseball League. Andy was an avid golfer and loved boating. In his leisure time, he enjoyed coin collecting, computers, and genealogy research. Andy was a passionate sports fan and looked forward to cheering on both the Philadelphia Phillies and Eagles each season. Above all else, he was a devoted and loving father, grandfather and great grandfather and will be dearly missed by all who knew him.

In addition to his parents, Andy was preceded in death by his beloved wife, Diane E. (Evans) Kirchner who died in 2013 and sister, Madalene Beiriger. He is survived by his sons, Roy A. Kirchner (Stephanie) of Bear, DE and Richard L. Kirchner (Alice) of Elkton, MD; grandchildren, Desirae (Wilson), Amanda (Jeff), Marissa (Cory), Roy Jr., Casandra (Dylan), and David; and great grandchildren, Dylan, Riley, Lucas, and Ava.

The family wishes to extend their sincere appreciation to nurses, Virginia Gray and Tyeisha Lyles and aide, KeAundra Gardner, all of Seasons Hospice for the exceptional care each of them provided to Andy.
A funeral service will be held at 12:30 pm on Thursday, September 29, 2016, at the Spicer-Mullikin Funeral Home of Newark, 121 West Park Place, Newark, DE, where a visitation for family and friends will be held from 11:30 am until 12:30 pm. Interment with military honors will follow in the Delaware Veterans Memorial Cemetery, 2465 Chesapeake City Road, Bear, DE.

In lieu of flowers, contributions in Andy’s memory may be made to the Helen F. Graham Cancer Center, c/o Christiana Care, P.O. Box 1668, Wilmington, DE 19899 or Seasons Hospice of Delaware, 220 Continental Drive, Ste. 101 Newark, DE 19713.

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  1. Maggie & Tony Pruett-Saratan, September 22, 2016

    We are sorry for your loss, Roy, may your father rest in peace.

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  2. Ginger Scalone, September 25, 2016

    Uncle Andy welcomed me into the family from the first day I met him. I remember he visited and I hadn’t seen him for years, he was just as warm as the day we met. He knew I was doing geneology research and offered to help me, even to drive up to upstate New York and research grave stones for me. He sent my children all their geneology research from their father’s side of the family, no one asked him to. He just wanted them to know where they came from and how they belonged. He never knew me well, just a wife of a nephew but made me feel an important part of a bigger family, a family I cherish. He made a significant impact on my life and will be missed.

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  3. Dave and Barbara Paulish, September 26, 2016

    Andy and Diane were both great friends who supported Dave both at work and in our personal lives. Our best to his family.

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  4. Jackie Cox Young, September 26, 2016

    My deepest sympathy to Andy’s family. He was a wonderful guy who will really be missed. We graduated from Conrad High School in 1954 and became friends again later in life with our mutual friends the Macy’s. My husband and I kept our boat at Indian River Inlet and Bohemia Bay We all loved the Eagles and Phillies,we saw the Phillies win a World Series and are still waiting for the Super Bowl. I will miss all the emails and jokes.

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  5. Charles Simpson, September 26, 2016

    Condolences from Charlie Simpson and family, Woodstock, GA
    Worked with Andy at the DEANG
    RIP

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  6. Scott Cornell, September 27, 2016

    Roy, On behalf of your industry friends, we offer condolences to your family during your time of loss. We know and admire your wonderful support to your dad in his later years. Well done. God bless.

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  7. Lindat Tracey, September 27, 2016

    Roy, Rick and Family,

    “I know for certain that we never lose the people we love, even to death. They continue to participate in every act, thought and decision we make. Their love leaves an indelible imprint in our memories. We find comfort in knowing that our lives have been enriched by having shared their love”. Author – Leo Buscaglia- My deepest Sympathy. God Bless.

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  8. Betty Pfeufer, September 28, 2016

    Please accept my condolences at your loss. Andy was a good neighbor and he will be missed.

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  9. Karren Helsel-Spry, September 29, 2016

    Dear Rick, Alice and Family,

    We are so sorry for your loss. I know how difficult it is to lose the patriarch of the family. The eulogy delivered by your brother was so nice. What a tribute to your father and the family as a whole. So much of the military descriptions reminded me of my father. The loss of a great generation for sure.

    Take care as you work through your grief….it takes time, but somewhere down the road you will be able to think of your father/grandfather and smile knowing that no matter what, the love will always be with you.

    All the best to you,
    Karren, Allen and William Spry

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